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Friday, February 24, 2017 - 03:00 PM

Five Bills Discussed in House Judiciary

Today the Judiciary Committee met and discussed five bills.

HB 2329 would make it unlawful to product, manufacture, or possess fentanyl. This bill sets penalties for offenses.

HB 2367 would establish organized retail crime as a crime and establish penalties.

HB 2579 would increase the penalties for transportation of narcotics and certain controlled substances into the state.

HB 2526 would classify more drugs to Schedule I, II, IV, and V of controlled substances.

HB 2648 would increase the minimum sentence by three years for individuals convicted of manufacturing, delivering, or transporting controlled substances in the presence of a minor.

HB 2620 would create a central repository of drug overdose information in West Virginia. It establishes the program, purpose and a reporting system requirements. 



Friday, February 24, 2017 - 02:38 PM

Senate Tax Reform Hears Presentations on Repealing Income Tax

The Senate's Select Committee on Tax Reform heard presentations from two major fiscal research organizations on a bill that would repeal the personal income tax in West Virginia.

The bill, SB 335, would also phase out the consumer sales and service tax and the use tax to create and enact a general consumption tax law.

Tax Foundation policy analyst Jared Walczak said the "very bold approach" of eliminating the income tax would increase productivity and migration into the state, as seen in other states that have enacted similar legislation.

"West Virginia has some disadvantages," Walczak said. "The tax code needs to be more attractive."

Walczak said a lower or nonexistent income tax in the state would make it much easier or more enticing for businesses to locate in the state, especially since West Virginia is closely located to several major cities including Pittsburgh, Columbus and Washington, D.C.

Executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, Ted Boettner, said the shift of revenue dependence onto a general consumption tax would most likely harm to low- and moderate-income families, while cutting costs for high-earning families.

Boettner said some low-income earners would have to pay up to $2,700 more in taxes each year if the bill were to pass.

Unlike the Tax Foundation's findings, Boettner said his research showed that major cuts to income tax make "little difference" in stimulating state economies.

"I would make a strong argument that there wouldn't be economic growth," Boettner said.

Members of the committee are looking forward to developing the bill further to explore the possibilities it could present the state, as well as address issues the state would wish to avoid.

"It's something big for this state," Senator Glenn Jeffries (D-Putnam) said. "It's huge."

Nine states currently do not have an income tax. Many other states have lowered their income tax or are considering legislation to eliminate the tax.

The committee will examine the specifics of the committee substitute for the bill at the next meeting. The fiscal note will also be analyzed if available at that time.

Once approved by the comittee, the bill will be referred to the Senate Finance Committee.



Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:13 PM

Three Bills Pass the Senate Today

Today the Senate passed three bills. Those bills were SB 41, SB 113, and SB 325.

Senate Bill 41 would extend the time a person may be subject to probation.

Senate Bill 113 would authorize the DEP to promulgate the legislative rules bundle in order to be consistent with federal standards.

Senate Bill 325 would relate to crossbow hunting.

Bills on Second reading were SB 9, SB 80, SB 164, SB 204, SB 231, SB 236, SB 330, and SB 349 with SB 9 and SB 236 being laid over one day.

Senate Bills 427-441 were introduced.

The following committees meet today:

The Select Committee on Tax Reform at 1:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. Monday in 451M.

 

The Senate is adjourned until Monday at 11 a.m.



Friday, February 24, 2017 - 12:03 PM

Four Bills on Second Reading in House

Committee Substitutes for HB 2001, HB 2028, HB 2359, and HB 2479 were read for the second time today.

HB 2001 would modify the ethics and purchasing laws to provide more transparency in government. 

HB 2028 would allow a plaintiff or petitioner to file a claim or petition against the state, a state officer, or state agency in the circuit court of a county in which the plaintiff or petitioner resides or which a claim arose as well as in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County. 

HB 2359 would align the criminal penalties of practicing osteopathic medicine with those of practicing allopathic medicine. 

HB 2479 would adopt and implement the provisions of the Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act in West Virginia. 

Committee Meetings Today

Judiciary: Continuing at 12:15 p.m. in 410M

Committee Meetings Monday, Feb. 27th 

Judiciary Public Hearing on HB 2506 at 8:30 a.m. in the House Chamber

Roads and Transportation: 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in 215E

Finance: 2 p.m. in 460M

Gov. Org.: 2 p.m. in 215E

Education: 2:30 p.m. in 434M

 

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m. on Monday.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 03:18 PM

Senate Government Organization Committee Reports Five Bills

The Senate Government Organization Committee met today and reported five bills. The bills reported were SB 346, SB 180, SB 235, SB 221, and SB 190.

Senate Bill 346 would relate generally to jurisdiction of PSC over motor carriers. The bill was reported to the full Senate with recommendation that it pass.

Senate Bill 180 would relate to PSC jurisdiction over certain telephone company and internet services. The bill was reported to the full Senate with recommendation that it pass.

Senate Bill 235 would relate to motorcycle registration renewal. The bill was reported to the Committee on Finance with the recommendation that it pass.

Senate Bill 221 would relate to the composition of the PEIA Finance Board. It reduces the board from ten to eight members and also requires specific qualifications of those members. The bill was reported to the full Senate with recommendation that it pass. 

Senate Bill 190 would eliminate bidders' preference for in-state vendors on state contracts. The bill was reported to the full Senate with recommendation that it pass.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 03:03 PM

ACT Testing Bill Approved, Pilot Program Postponed in Senate Education

The Senate Education Committee has approved a bill that would require ACT and ACT Aspire to be used as the official comprehensive statewide student assessment.

The bill, SB 18, was reviewed by a subcommittee with Senator Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson) as the Chair and Robert Plymale (D-Wayne) and Charles Trump (R-Morgan) as memebers.

The subcommittee culminated a report to present to the committee on the bill. The amendments suggested in the report were approved.

The bill will be referred to Senate Finance once reported to the floor.

The committee postponed decision on SB 251, which would create a three-year pilot program to establish school-based mental and behavioral health services for students and families as an alternative to standard disciplinary measures.

Dept. of Education Assisstant Director Justin Boggs said many schools have been requesting this kind of program to give students the attention they need, as well as keep kids out of juvenille centers.

The bill will be discussed in a future committee meeting.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 02:30 PM

House Banking and Insurance Discuss Five Bills Today

House Banking and Insurance met today to discuss five bills and four move on to other committees; two will be discussed more in the next meeting. 

HB 2619 would adopt the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Risk Management and Own Risk Solvency Assessment Model Act for implementation by West Virginia insurers so that they are better equipped to assess their financial condition and remain solvent. If passed, this bill would take effect January 1, 2018. This bill will be reported to the floor with do recommendation that it do pass, but first be referred to the Judiciary Committee. 

HB 2471 would require insurance coverage for breast cancer screening be provided by the Public Employees Insurance Agency, accident and sickness insurance providers, group accident and sickness insurance providers. If passed, this bill would take effect January 1, 2018. This bill is to help with the "next step" after an issue is found in a mammogram. It would help cover the ultra sound to discover the details of the issue. This bill will be reported to the floor with the recommendation that it do pass, but first be refered to Finance Committee. 

HB 2460 would require teleheath services be treated the same as in person treatment. This bill will be reported to the floor with the recommendation that it do pass, but first be refered to the Committee on Health and Human Resources. 

Discussion on HB 2439 and HB 2672 will continue at the next meeting. 

HB 2439 would prohibit civil or administration action for unfair claim settlement practices against individuals and to require that these actions may only be maintained against insurance companies. This bill was laid over to the next meeting.

HB 2672 would eliminate conflicting provisions within current code relating to the application of payment and the assessment of delinquency fees on consumer credit sales and consumer loans.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 02:20 PM

Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining Reports SB 16

The Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining met today and reported SB 16 out of the committee.

Senate Bill 16 would repeal a section of code that would give tax exemptions to wind related power projects.

Brian Brown, a representative of Next Era Energy Resources said that the company he represents owns the Mountaineer Wind Energy Center that was built in 2002. He said that they were planning an expansion that would bring in property tax revenue. Removing the tax exemptions from wind projects would put the project in jeopardy.

The next presenter said that the tax breaks started in 2001. He elaborated that businesses come to West Virginia expecting these breaks and that it isn't fair to repeal them once these projects are built. Senator Mullins (R-Raleigh) said that 14 years is a long time to be propped up by the state and that they shouldn't expect them forever.

Senator Blair (R-Berkeley) said that other businesses don't get these tax breaks and that it is unfair now that they are turning a profit. 

Senator Facemire (D-Braxton) said that the amount that they no longer exempt is negotiable but they need the industry to work with the legislature.

Senate Bill 16 was then reported to the Senate Committee on Finance with the recommendation that it pass.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 02:07 PM

Senate Health Approves Two Bills, Postpones Bill on SNAP Requirments

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Resources has approved two bills to be reported to the floor with the recommendation that they pass.

SB 4 would allow certain licensed professionals to donate their time to the care of the indigent and the needy in this state for up to seven days at a time, despite the professional only being licensed in a different state.

The bill was passed by the legislature last year but was vetoed by former governor Earl Ray Tomblin due to a provision in the bill that would allow volunteering professionals to gain credit for their time against continuing education requirements needed to maintain their license. 

The provision has been removed from this year's bill by the committee's counsel to encourage passage.

CEO of West Virginia Health Right Dr. Angie Settle spoke to the committee in support of the bill. She said the bill would allow practitioners from other states to be able to help West Virginia in states of emergency, particularly, such as during the flood crisis during the summer of 2016.

SB 347 would modernize the Physician Assistants Practice Act by altering the make-up of the Board of Medicine to include a second physician assistant, allowing physician assistants to prescribe Schedule II and Schedule III drugs in certain circumstances, elimininating the need for a recertification exam once the physician assistant is board certified and allowing physician assistants to be reimbursed at the same rate as physicians and advance practice registered nurses.

The committee also moved to postone their decision on the last bill under consideration, SB 60, until a future meeting date.

SB 60 would provide for eligibility and fraud requirements for public assistance by requiring the Department of Health and Human Resources to implement work requirements for applicants for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

DHHR Deputy Secretary Jeremiah Samples addressed concerns from committee members about untintended consequences of the bill, such as how the bill would apply to counties suffering from an economic depression or how the bill relates to other federal services.

Samples said the bill was originally introduced to address high unemployment rates in the state.

Senate Bills 4 and 347 will be referred to Senate Judiciary once reported to the floor.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 01:03 PM

Bill to Rename Court of Claims passes in House

Today in the House of Delegates three bills were passed. Committee Substitute of HB 2447 passed 66-34.

HB 2447 renames the Court of Claims as the state Claims Commission and renames the judge as commissioners. It provides the explicit powers for the removal of commissioners and authority to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance for the hiring of a clerk, chief deputy clerk, and deputy clerks. It also shortens the procedure for certain road condition claims. 

Committee Substitutes of HB 2404 and HB 2465 also passed unanimously today. 

HB 2404 keeps persons who are convicted of certain criminal offenses from acquiring property from their victims through joint tenancy or inheritance. 

HB 2465 modifies the requirements that allow a child witness to testify by closed circuit television. 

Committee Meetings Today

Banking and Insurance: 1 p.m. in 410M

Senior Citizen Issues: 1 p.m. in 215E

Health and Human Resources: 2 p.m. in 215E

Energy: 2 p.m. in 410M

Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment: 3:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings Tomorrow

Finance: 9 a.m. in 460M

Judiciary: 9 a.m. in 410M

Education: 9 a.m. in 434M

On Monday at 8:30 a.m. in the House Chamber, there will be Public Hearing of the Judiciary Committee on HB 2506- Relating to the implementation of water quality standards for the protection of drinking water. 

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Senate Passes Senate Bills 182 and 240

The Senate met today to pass two bills today. The bills were SB 182 and SB 240. Upon passage they were sent to the House.

Senate Bill 182 would provide procedures that would prevent disqualifying low bids for government construction contracts due to document technicalities.

Senate Bill 240 would create the crime of nonconsensual distribution of sexual images.

Bills on second reading that advanced to third reading today were SB 41, SB 113, and SB 325. SB 330 was laid over for one day.

Senate Bills 405-425 were introduced.

Senate Resolution 20 was adopted today and recognized the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine for its excellence in medical education and its contribution to Greenbrier County.

Senate Resolution 21 was also adopted today and designated February 23, 2017 as WV Local Foods Day.

The following committees meet today:

Energy, Industry and Mining at 1 p.m. in 208W.

Health and Human Resources at 1 p.m. in 451M.

Education at 2 p.m. in 451M.

Government Organization at 2 p.m. in 208W.

Finance at 3 p.m. in 451M.

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W.

Tomorrow Confirmations will meet at 10 a.m. in 208W.

 

The Senate is adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.



Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:10 AM

Senate Workforce Approves Bills Related to Employee Wages

The Senate Workforce Committee has approved two bills with the recommendation that they pass.

SB 224 would repeal the requirement for an employer’s bond for wages and benefits for certain designated employers and related requirements.

Senator Glenn Jeffries (D-Putnam) proposed an amendment to the bill that would raise the maximum fine to $60,000 from the original $30,000 for any person, firm or corporation who knowingly, willfully and fraudulently disposes of or relocates assets with intent to deprive employees of their wages and fringe benefits.

Jeffries said he believed this would help to "catch larger companies" that commit more serious crimes with employees' wages.

Senator Ryan Weld (R-Brooke) voiced his support for the amendment. The amendment was unanimously approved.

SB 239 would protect an employee’s wages or salaries from being withheld or diverted for political activities without the express, written authorization of the employee.

Senior vice president of AFL-CIO Bob Brown spoke in opposition of the bill on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers in West Virginia, since the bill would add another form to be considered from the Secretary of State's Office by members of labor organizations.

Brown said the additional form would simply be an "administrative burden" and "another layer of paper and bureaucracy" for a system that already works with the initial forms received by labor organizations.

President of the West Virginia Education Association Dale Lee also spoke against the bill for similar reasons.

"We religiously file reports to the Secretary of State's Office," Lee said. "There's never been a question about any contributions."

Senator Ron Stollings (D-Boone) voiced his opposition to the bill, asking Republican members to do the same, since he said they often support the party ideal of eliminating bureaucracy.

Both bills will be referred to Senate Judiciary once reported to the floor.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 04:27 PM

Senate Judiciary Reports Two Bills, One Comm. Sub. to the Floor

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved two bills and one committee substitute to be reported to the floor with the recommendation that they pass.

ORG 1 is a bill created by the Senate Judiciary that would repeal a Division of Natural Resources legislative rule realing to the Litter Control Grant Program, since the Department of Environmental Protection is now in authority over the program.

SB 214 would adopt the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act to preserve and protect certain legal material in official electronic records that may be unavailable in physical form.

The committee substitute for SB 125 contains nine seperate bills relating to authorizing the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate legislative rules. These bills are SB 118 through SB 126.

SB 118 would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to expedited partner therapy.

SB 119 would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to clinical laboratory technician and technologist licensure and certification.

SB 120 would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to clandestine drug laboratory remediation.

SB 121 would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to medication-assisted opioid treatment programs.

SB 122 would authorize the Department of Health and Human Resources to promulgate a legislative rule relating to office-based, medication-assisted treatment.

SB 123 would authorize the Health Care Authority to promulgate a legislative rule relating to exemption from certificate of need.

SB 124 would authorize the Health Care Authority to promulgate a legislative rule relating to Rural Health Systems Grant Program.

SB 125 would authorize the Health Care Authority to promulgate a legislative rule relating to the Hospital Assistance Grant Program.

SB 126 would authorize the Health Care Authority to promulgate a legislative rule relating to certificate of need.

Senator Charles Trump (R-Morgan), Chair, removed SB 55 from consideration on the agenda for today, but said the bill would be revisited in a future meeting.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 03:58 PM

Four Bills Moved through House Judiciary Today

The House Judiciary Committee met at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and moved HB 2506, HB 2486, HB 2083, and HB 2585.

HB 2506 would require permits limits to be calculated using design flows recommended by the United States Environmental Protection Agency for protection of human health. It's a technical bill and it was said the bill would not alter the existing quality standards. It allows for overlapping of mixing zones, which could lead to more carcinogens and toxins released into streams and rivers. 

HB 2486 would allow medical records and releases for medical information to be requested and required without a court order, when a party's health condition is at issue in a civil action. 

HB 2083 would increase the penalties from exposing children to methamphetamine manufacturing from 2-10 years to 3-15 years.

HB 2585 would create criminal offenses relating to money laundering. Two new felonies are specified in the bill: laundering criminal proceeds through financial transaction and the transportation, transmission, or transfer of criminal proceeds. 



Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 03:15 PM

Senate Pensions Approves Four Bills

The Senate Pensions Committee has approved four bills to be reported to the floor with the recommendation to pass.

SB 321 would provide minimum reporting requirements for employee information to the Consolidated Public Retirement Board.

SB 354 would permit municipalities with policemen’s and firemen’s pension plans fully funded at or above 125 percent to not pay normal cost into the pension plans.

SB 355 would update the required minimum distribution laws to be in compliance with federal internal revenue code requirements.

SB 371 would require the Consolidated Public Retirement Board to adopt a four-year smoothing method relating to actuarial gains and losses on Teachers Retirement System Fund assets.

Senate Bills 354, 355 and 371 will be referred to Senate Finance once reported to the floor.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 02:52 PM

Senate Economic Development Approves Two Tax Credits

The Senate Economic Development Committee has approved two bills to be reported to the floor that would create two new tax credits for the state.

The first, SB 238, would increase the tax credits allowed for rehabilitation of certified historic structures from the current 10% percent to a 25% percent credit.

The bill was on layover from the last committee meeting, since members wished to review the fiscal note further. 

The second, SB 341, would establish a tax credit for West Virginia business growth in low-income communities. 

Advantage Capital spokesman Ryan Dressler discussed his support for the bill and said West Virginia has "underperformed" in providing finances for growing small businesses throughout the state.

Dressler said this bill would help investment companies and Community Development Entities provide existing businesses with the funding necessary for expansion.

Both bills will be referred to Senate Finance once reported to the floor.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 01:51 PM

Seven Bills Passed in House

Today seven bills were passed by the House of Delegates.

Com. Sub. for HB 2167 creates a Silver Alert program for senior citizens. It sets guidelines to be met before a Silver Alert can be activated. 

HB 2300 regulates the use of step therapy protocols by providing a simple and quick process for exceptions to the protocols that the health care provider deems not in the best interests of the patient.

Com. Sub for HB 2301 permits individuals to enter into agreements for direct primary care with an individual or other legal entity authorized to provide primary care services, outside of an insurance plan or outside of the Medicaid or Medicare program and pay for the care. 

Com. Sub. for HB 2318 strengthens and establishes criminal offenses relating to human trafficking. 

Com. Sub. for HB 2347 allows schools licensed to provide barber, cosmetology and related training to hold theory classes and clinical classes at different locations and prohibit schools from being established in salons, spas, and similar locations. 

HB 2348 eliminates any requirement that class hours of students be consecutive when studying professions regulated by the board of Barbers and Cosmetologists. 

HB 2431 allows influenza immunizations to be offered to patients and residents if specified facilities on a voluntary basis based upon recommendations of the Center for Disease Control.

Committee Meetings Today

Veteran Affairs and Homeland Security: 1:15 p.m.

Judiciary: 2 p.m. in 410M

Finance: 2 p.m. in 460M

Gov. Org.: 2 p.m. in 215E

Education: 2 p.m. in 434M

Committee Meetings Tomorrow

Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development: 9 a.m. in 434M

Judiciary Sub-Committee on HB 2364: 10 a.m. in 410M

Banking and Insurance: 10 p.m. in 215E

Senior Citizen Issues: 1 p.m. in 215E

Health and Human Resources: 2 p.m. in 215E

Energy: 2 p.m. in 410M

Select Committee on Prevention and Treatment: 3:30 p.m. in 215E

Education Sub-Committee on K-12 Issues: 4:30 p.m. in 434M

The House is adjourned until 11 a.m.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 01:40 PM

Senate Passes Three Bills and Discusses Budget

Today the Senate met and passed three bills and also discussed the budget. The bills that were passed and sent on to the house were SB 188, SB 222, and SB 242.

Senate Bill 188 would correct the definition of "telehealth" in medication-assisted treatment programs.

Senate Bill 222 would relate to disqualification for unemployment benefits. Senator Trump (R-Morgan) said this bill makes it clear that those who are on strike cannot receive unemployment benefits. Other senators had concerns that this bill would make it harder for those who were locked out of their places of employment and who couldn't work because of it to get unemployment benefits. The bill passed with a vote of 22 yeas and 11 nays.

Senate Bill 242 would relate to school calendars.

Senate bills 387-404 were introduced today.

Senate Resolution 18 was adopted which would designate the week of March 5th-11th, 2017 as MS Awareness Week. Senator Ojeda (D-Logan) said that he supported the resolution and reminded the Senate of his proposed bill to legalize medical marijuana and how much it could help those who suffer from MS.

Bills on second reading were SB 182 which had an amendment that was adopted, SB 240, and SB 330 which will lie over one day.

Many senators discussed their concerns over Governor Justice's proposed budget bill. After encouragement of bipartisanship in this matter by both parties, Senator Palumbo (D-Kanawha) said that the Senate needs to "shut up and do our jobs" in regard to the budget.

The following committees are meeting:

Finance at 3 p.m. and tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. in 451M.

Economic Development at 1:20 p.m. in 208W.

Agriculture at 2 p.m. in 208W.

Pensions at 2 p.m. in 451M.

Judiciary at 3 p.m. in 208W.

Workforce at 10 a.m. tomorrow in 208W.

 

 

The Senate has adjourned until 11 a.m. tomorrow.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 03:47 PM

Senate Energy Considers Eliminating Tax Credit for Wind Power

The Senate Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining has postponed making a decision on whether or not to approve of a bill that would repeal tax credits for wind power projects in the state. 

The bill, SB 16, would eliminate a section of the Code that was added in 2001.

The fiscal note for the bill states that the elimination of this section would be of no cost to the state government and would include an annual increase of $8 million annually in revenue, starting in fiscal year 2019.

Some senators raised concerns toward the constitutionality of the bill, since they believed the bill could violate the protection of private property by eliminating a tax credit those properties might rely on.

Staff counsel said the bill would most likely not violate the state constitution, since a tax credit would affect the money of an individual, not the property directly.

Judy Rodd of Friends of Blackwater spoke in support of the bill. She said the wind power projects around the state have brought certain liabilities to the surrounding communities.

Specifically, Rodd said many people have confronted wind power companies about the noise produced by the wind turbines, the decline in property value they can cause, and the danger they pose to birds in the state.

Rodd also mentioned that eliminating the tax credit could help with the budget gap by giving the state $8 million more annually.

"This would be a good place to look," Rodd said.

Bruce Burcat spoke on behalf of the Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Coalition in opposition to the bill and said it would be "a significant detriment to [wind power] industry in West Virginia."

Burcat said the wind turbines have affected the state in a positive way to create clean energy solutions and provide jobs. He said repealing the tax credit would create a poor business environment for companies wishing to bring wind power projects to the state.

Currently, Burcat said states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania offer "favorable" tax credits for wind power projects.

The committee also moved consideration of bills SB 42 and SB 43 to the next meeting.



Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 03:40 PM

Senate Education Approve Medicaid Related Bill, Postpone ACT Testing Bill

The Senate Education Committee has approved a bill relating to the State Board of Education and Medicaid-elligible children to be reported to the Senate floor.

The bill, SB 231, would allow the State Board of Education to delegate its Medicaid provider status and subsequent reimbursement to regional educational service agencies (RESAs) or county boards subject to the county board determining that there is a net benefit and no detraction from the educational program of the county.

SB 18 was appropriated to a sub-committee today after decision on the bill was postponed during the last Senate Education meeting Thursday, Feb. 16.

The bill would require ACT and ACT Aspire to be used as the official comprehensive statewide student assessment.

A subcommittee consisting of Senators Patricia Rucker (R-Jefferson), Robert Plymale (D-Wayne) and Charles Trump (R-Morgan) will further research and discuss the bill for the next committee meeting.

The committee will next meet Thursday, Feb. 23 at a time yet to be determined. 




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